The Good Life

Beating Blackjack in the 21st Century

Clever card counter Colin Jones not only fleeces the casinos, he teaches others how to do it as well
By Michael Kaplan | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
Beating Blackjack in the 21st Century
Most every successful person has an ah-ha moment, an epiphany that alters the trajectory of what he does and changes his life for the better. Colin Jones, now 39, experienced his lightning-burst of inspiration about 15 years ago at a blackjack table in a casino in Las Vegas. He was already an adept card counter and played on a team with other sharp advantage players. Like most people in the game, they highly valued their ability to ply their trade without getting booted by casinos that hate the idea of people playing any game at an advantage. In order to maintain that, they played cautiously in Vegas with what is known as cover: small gambits designed to keep casino …
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